Two get double life term for murder

The Fifth Additional District Court Judge M.N. Senthilkumar on Wednesday sentenced S. Soundarrajan (31) and Siva Vishnu (31), both residents of Ganapathy, to undergo double life imprisonment and three years of imprisonment for murdering their friend R. Fernandez who was aged 19 in 2005.

The three persons were allegedly involved in ganja peddling and the two convicts had an altercation with Fernandez over the same. As a revenge, Soundarrajan and Vishnu murdered Fernandez and dumped his body in an abandoned well at Chennairthottam on October 2, 2005. The well was later filled with debris and levelled by the land owner. Fernandez’s mother, who initially believed that her son left home, filed a man missing complaint in 2010.

The murder came to light when Soundarrajan, Vishnu and a few others were arrested for attempting to murder Arumugram at Tatabad in 2013.

“When recovered, Arumugam confessed to the police that Soundarrajan and Vishnu had told him about the murder of Fernandez when he served prison term with them. The duo had attempted to murder Arumugam fearing that he would reveal the truth about the missing of Fernandez,” said public prosecutor B. Guruprasad, who appeared for the prosecution.

The body of Fernandez was exhumed from in 2014 and a DNA test done on the remains confirmed the identity of the deceased.

Soundarrajan and Vishnu were awarded life term for offences under Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder).

They were sentenced to undergo three years of imprisonment for offence under Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence). They were also fined ₹ 3,000 each.

House burgled

Unidentified persons broke open a house near Thudiyalur and decamped with 28 sovereign of jewellery.

The police said that the house of N. Chenniappan, a carpenter from Eswar Park near Thudiyalur, was targeted by burglars on Monday when he and his wife left for job.

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